Scott Stantis' Prickly City riff on several other comic strips established a pattern in the first four sequences (see Part 1). Set the scene in the first panel, and bring in a dog from another comic strip in the second. But a good deal of humor comes from surprise. And after four days, things get interesting.
The fifth strip continues the pattern. (click on images to enlarge)
This time it's Shagg, from Peter Gurin's Ask Shagg that gets the boot ("asks too many questions").
Then the pattern starts again.... only this time it's not a dog at all.
It's Rat from Stephen Pastis' Pearls Before Swine. And one might think that's the end.
But there's one more.
We move from dogs to cats. And with Garfield the sequence stops.
Stantis provided some solid entertainment for comics fans throughout this series. Comics readers wanted to know who would appear next? Daisy from "Blondie?" Rover from Red and Rover? There were many other choices, but none as satisfying as the direction Stantis chose to take. For me, it put the "fun" back into the funny pages.